HHS Announces the Availability of $195 Million to Expand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services at Health Centers Nationwide

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $195 million in new funding opportunity for community health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in all U.S. States, Territories, and the District of Columbia.

Health centers that are awarded funding are to use the funds to increase the number of personnel dedicated to mental health and substance abuse services and to leverage health information technology and training to support the expansion of mental health and substance abuse services and their integration into primary care.

Applications for the Access Increases for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) award are due by July 26, 2017.

Additionally, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is making $3 million available to expand opioid-related healthcare services in rural communities. The grants will support up to 12 grantees for three years. Applications for the FORHP program are due by July 21, 2017.

AIMS application instructions and additional information: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/supplement/

FORHP application instructions and additional information: https://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/

Source: HHS Press Release June 26, 2017